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Reception // Jasphy Zheng // The Unfinished Letter

The Unfinished Letter

The Unfinished Letter is a solo exhibition by New York based artist Jasphy Zheng, featuring her recent series Before the Storm, Under the Sun and The Unfinished Letter. Inspired by the perplexity in her personal life, the series reveal the artist’s contemplation on mortality, beingness, as well as the sometimes “failed” or interrupted communication among individuals. Standing at the intersection of photography and narrative, Jasphy’s work is further complicated and enriched by a fusion of texts, video, sound, and hand-made books. Challenging the temporality and ephemerality of photography, Jasphy suspends the passage and eclipse of emotion, memory, and time in her work. The exhibition is curated by Rui Tang.

Jasphy Zheng is an image-based artist who resides in New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. She was the recipient of the Italy travel grant from Francesca Woodman Family Foundation. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA; Pingyao Photo Festival, China; Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI, and among others. She uses photography along with other media, from artist books, videos, digital media, to public interventions as her vocabulary to construct her artistic language. She is interested in the notion of mortality and everything short-lived. 

Rui Tang is a curator and writer based in New York, who focuses on the notion of locality in visual culture. Graduated with an MA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, Rui had previously worked at Guggenheim Museum, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Asia Society Northern California, and Montalvo Arts Center. Her recent curatorial project is Painting is Forbidden, a solo exhibition of artist Martin Wong at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.